The Gambian parliament on Tuesday cancelled the constitutional age limit on presidential elections candidates after new President Adama Barrow was queried over his deputy’s qualification because of her age.
Since 1997, anyone over 65 has been barred from running for The Gambia’s highest office.
The new change comes after Barrow faced criticism over his decision to nominate 68-year-old Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang as his vice president.
According to the constitution, the vice president must fulfil the qualifications required for a president — which made Tambajang overage.
Tambajang was last week named women’s minister instead, with a mandate to oversee the vice-presidency.
The constitutional change adopted by parliament Tuesday will have to be approved by Barrow to enter into force — a move that would allow him to name Tambajang officially to the vice-presidency again, according to observers.
Lawmakers also voted to lift the retirement age of judges by five years to 75.